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I don't think haring would describe it especially as I was run/walking.
I was on my own at Fleetwood; I'll be running at the pace of the slowest in a group at Ruttie. And if I'm having a bad day, I'll be the slowest.
this will be my second marathon and I'm hoping to break 4 hours and if I can run all the way then all the better (4:20 in my first). Hoping to get in some 18/20 milers in over the next few weeks to give me the legs to get round. Not sure on the hills put I'll just try and get up whatever I come up against - as long as the sheep poo isn't slippery !!
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I don't think haring would describe it especially as I was run/walking.I was on my own at Fleetwood; I'll be running at the pace of the slowest in a group at Ruttie. And if I'm having a bad day, I'll be the slowest.
I'm in XB's pack, I'm the slowest by far, but this is me.......
Just how 'undulating' is this course, in fact? I've seen a small course profile on the Fatfeet Blisters page on Facebook, but it's hard to judge from this what it's like. Have any experienced marathon runners on here run the course, or part thereof, yet, and can give us a view of how tough it is, maybe in terms of how many minutes you'd have to add on to your target time by comparison with a flat course? The organiser says it's undulating with no major hills to worry about, but some people on here seem to reckon it's pretty hilly.
I ask because I need to know what pace to aim for. I have in mind going for a PB (I've run 10 marathons before, best 3:08 two years ago), but only if the general gnarliness of the course isn't going to add on more than a handful of minutes to my time.
J2R, you've asked the question I was going to today.
This is only going to be my fourth marathon, having already run Dublin, Edinburgh, and a local small one along a towpath.. Perhaps I'll hold off thoughts of a pb until Brighton next year, though I am bound to get carried away when I'm actually on the start line.
me too Jase - I'm in now -got a reserve place - and I shall part of XB's team
If you do a Google search with the terms "Rutland Water" and "site:mapmyrun.com", there are a few runs which people have uploaded which show the elevation profile on parts of the route. Nothing for the Hambleton peninsula, though, which I suspect is where the most serious undulation takes place, in terms of continual sharp rises and drops rather than full-on hills (such as the one at mile 22). May be wrong, hope I am. Been out doing a little hill training anyway...
Little M.iss, as Jase says, your recent marathon may not be a problem (as long as you didn't pick up any injuries), and might actually help as a kind of full length long training run. I missed out on Good For Age qualification by a minute at this year's London Marathon, so I ran another marathon two weeks later and got the qualifying time I needed. Sure, I was a little bit tired in the legs running the second one, but on the other hand I felt fitter as a result of London.
Im in, especially as their is a pub!!! by the sound of it, if I manage to make it round Spires and Steeples tomorrow, Rutland should be a breeze. ( mantra....I will believe anything) or Minardi's mantra ...there are no hills,there are no hills